Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be taking home his fourth National League Gold Glove, major league baseball announced tonight with the official Rawlings Gold Glove presentations.
Rollins is the only member of the Phillies to have won the top fielding award at his position although teammate Carlos Ruiz was nominated for the catchers. Ruiz lost out to St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who seems to make it an annual ritual of bringing home the award.
Rollins though has made a name for himself as well, as he’s just the third National League shortstop in baseball history with at least four Gold Gloves. This capped off a stellar all-around campaign for the 33-year-old Rollins.
Fresh off a three-year, $33 million contract with the Phillies, Rollins hit 23 home runs, stole 30 bases, and proved to be one of the more valuable players in the National League in 2012. He went on a tear in August and September, nearly helping the Phillies catapult themselves right back into the playoff race.
Rollins finished second in the NL in fielding percentage this season, and he owns the third-highest mark in the history of baseball at his respective position. He beat out Washington’s Ian Desmond, Miami’s Jose Reyes, and San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford in winning the award.
The only members of the Phillies to have won more Gold Gloves in franchise history than Rollins are third baseman Mike Schmidt (10) and outfielder Garry Maddox (8). This is Rollins’ first award since the 2009 season.